The '''Congregation of Christian Brothers''' (officially, in Latin
: ''Congregatio Fratrum Christianorum''; members of the order use the post-nominal "CFC") is a worldwide religious community within the Catholic Church
, founded by Edmund Ignatius Rice|Edmund Rice
The '''Christian Brothers''', as they are commonly known, chiefly work for the evangelisation and education of youth, but are involved in many ministries, especially with the poor. Their first school was opened in Waterford
, in 1802.
At the time of its foundation, though much relieved from the harshest of the Penal Laws
by the Irish Parliament's Relief Acts, much discrimination against Catholics remained throughout the newly created United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
pending full Catholic Emancipation
This congregation is sometimes confused with the De...